Manitoba Says ‘Buy Local’ This Holiday Season

By Brian Schultz

Presents under Christmas tree, surface level

Manitobans are being encouraged to buy local this holiday season wherever possible.

On Tuesday, the province touted the work of local craftspeople, processors and farmers as a way to stimulate the economy.

“During this festive season, we gather to share good food with family and friends and we are fortunate to have local access to so many excellent products like cheese, meats, vegetables and beverages for our feasts,” said Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers.

Holiday-related items such as Christmas trees and fireplace logs are also being promoted locally. Carman-based Flax Power manufactures a new power log made from flax shives. The logs are a renewable biomass fuel source that is also environmentally friendly. Orders can be placed at

Other gift opportunities are available through a product development and marketing initiative called Uniquely Manitoba. Its marketing strategy includes promotions to Manitoba buyers and to world markets through an ongoing Virtual Gift Show at

A list of other Manitoba businesses providing locally-made items can be found at